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Japanese Apprenticeship

Japanese Apprenticeship






Japanese Apprenticeship In Japan, the Do (pronounced ‘dough’) spirit exhibits distinct Japanese cultural values as well as their unique way of learning. Originating from a combination of thought from Ancient Chinese Taoism as well as Zen Buddhism, Do literally means “the way” or way to be followed. The Do spirit follows a distinct pattern as follows: 1) A formal rule-bound pattern to be followed. 2) A constant repetition of the pattern. 3) Mastering the pattern through different levels. 4) Perfecting…

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Japanese Resting in Silence

Japanese Resting in Silence






Japanese Resting in Silence In Japanese culture, a strong emphasis on silence permeates throughout society. The concept of Chinmoku, or silence, has great cultural value in day to day Japanese life. One of the first distinctions a visitor to Japan will notice in comparison with most places in the world will be that Japanese people are generally very careful about how they communicate verbally. This often gives the appearance of low levels of verbal communication wherever people are gathered. Why?…

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The Art of Gift Giving in Japan

The Art of Gift Giving in Japan






The Art of Gift Giving/Zoto Part 8 Japanese Culture Series In the United States soon we will be celebrating Christmas, a real occasion for celebration of Christ’s birth often accompanied with the giving of gifts. However, in Japan, Zoto, or the custom of gift giving, strongly prevails in everyday life. On every important occasion, gifts are given in great quantity all over Japan. From seasonal gifts such as during New Years when hundreds of cards are sent out as well…

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Group Thinking in Japan

Group Thinking in Japan






Group Thinking Part 7 Japanese Culture Series In Japanese thinking, the concept of Shudan Ishiki or “group consciousness” (being aware of the group) is vitally important to everyday life. Every interaction is closely tied to being aware of what the group thinks and does as opposed individual actions. In other words, in Japan, the group is more important than the individual. Two dominant categories exist in Japanese thinking: the uchi and the soto. Uchi being those inside the group (family and associates) and soto being those outside the group….

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Japanese people are nice

Japanese people are nice






Japanese people are “nice” Part 5 Japanese Culture Series In Japan the concept of Amae, or depending on the benevolence of others, strongly permeates society. This assumption of benevolence, as well as a strong sense of harmony, helps to form part of the distinct Japanese culture. Because Japanese people are strongly communal there exists strong bonds as well as certain expectations within certain groups in society. In America, there generally exists a similar sense of benevolence to others, but not to…

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